Joseph E. Beauchemin

February 24, 1934June 29, 2013

Joseph E. Beauchemin, age 79, of Italy Friend Rd, Branchport passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 29th, 2013.

Joe was born in Saranac Lake, NY on February 24, 1934, the son of the late, Oscar and Celia (Gates) Beauchemin. Joe was employed as the Director of Administration for CH Stuart Inc. in Newark from 1959 to 1980, he also worked for Sarah Coventry (a division of CH Stuart) from 1959-1969. Joe retired in 1991. He had served as an officer for Jaycee’s where he was awarded the “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” award in 1969. He was also a member of the Rotary Club and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Prattsburgh for 22 years. Joe authored and published five books including his autobiography, “My Struggle for Survival”. Joe was very well known for his wonderful sense of humor.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Judith A. (Swartzenberg); his sons, Scott (Krystal), Benjamin M. (Joan), and Timothy (Rose); his daughter, Tammy Johnson; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; brother, Benjamin (Ann); brother in law, James (Bonnie) Swartzenberg; sister in laws, Dorothy Dickinson and Rita (Larry) Casey; and many nieces, nephews, and very close friends. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his daughter and son in law, Josette and Jeffrey Crane; son in law, Orville Johnson; Brother in law, Lesley Dickinson; and his half sister, Lillian Dorn.

Joe’s family will receive friends from 11am to Noon on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Church in Prattsburgh, NY, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following at Noon, with the Rev. Jack O’Connor, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Prattsburgh.

Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Ontario-Yates Hospice c/o Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, 756 PreEmption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Nancy Alexander

July 19, 2013

Judy, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I so enjoyed working in the pool with Joe at Keuka College. He was a special man and I appreciate the time spent with him and you. Warm regards, Nancy Alexander

Gail Cosler

July 15, 2013

Judy, Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. We just found out. May you find comfort and peace in your memories. God Bless.

Bobby Jo Milton

July 8, 2013

Judy and family -
It was a privilege to have met Joe and enjoy all he wrote, plus enjoy his sense of humor. He triumphed in every way! Sincere condolences to you all.

July 5, 2013

Aunt Rose & Uncle Tim, so sorry to hear of your loss, you are in our thoughts & prayers!! Love, Michelle, Declan & family

July 2, 2013


My thoughts of peace, love and serenity are with and for you and Joe always.

Julie (Slye) Gary

July 2, 2013

You have our deepest sympathy, Ben. Praying for your whole family to know the peace and comfort of Jesus during this time of earthly loss. We love you guys. Joe and Ruth Morningstar

Roger and Roxanne Dickinson

July 2, 2013

My greatest memory of Uncle Joe is spending spending summer vacation at there home in town called or near Pumpkin Hook. We went to the fair I think.I remember catching fireflies and blowing up things with firecrackers with my cousins...good times. This must have been over 35 years ago. Love you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Roger and Roxanne

Rita Casey

July 2, 2013

He will be missed. He is out of pain and with The Lord

Dorothy Dickinson

July 2, 2013

Joe conquered so much through his life and was an inspiration to so many over the years. His story will live on in the books he has written...both autobiography and fiction. He was a wonderful husband to my little sister Judy and a great father/grandfather, brother-in-law and Uncle. We will miss and love you forever.

Nancy Gates Bentine

July 1, 2013

My memories of Joe go way back to when I was a child and he would stop by to see the family here in Plattsburgh. I thought he was the most gentle person I had ever met. That really endeared him to me and I am saddened by his passing. He was a very special cousin and I will always remember him fondly. My prayers will be for those he left behind because your loss is great...

Nancy Gates Bentine (Plattsburgh, NY)